NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s under-17 national team coach Michael
Amenga is certain his side will improve on their fourth place
finish in the last regional competition to secure an automatic
berth at the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania next year.
Kenya have been
pooled in Group B alongside Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and
Djibouti in the CECAFA region qualifying tournament which will
run from August 11th to 26th in Dar es
Salaam. Group A comprises hosts Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi,
Somalia, and Sudan.
“We came fourth at
the CECAFA Under-17 Championships in Burundi in April and are
looking at building on that experience ahead of the Dar es
Salaam trip. I’m confident that with adequate preparations, we
will get positive results,” said coach Amenga in Nairobi on
The team of 26
players is pitching camp in Nairobi for their final preparations
before heading down to Tanzania.
qualification tournament is set to determine which team takes
part in the 2019 Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations finals in May
2019 alongside Tanzania, who qualify automatically by virtue of
The overall winner
of the CECAFA region tournament will receive the automatic spot,
while the runners-up could also make in the event that Tanzania
The team, which
kicked off preparations for the tournament on July 26, played
out a 1-1 draw with the Gor Mahia Under-20 team in the first of
a number of friendly warm-up matches.
“We have lined up a
number of friendly matches to keep the players physically and
mentally in shape for the tournament,” said Amenga.
Angola have already
been crowned winners of the COSAFA Under-17 Championship with a
1-0 victory over South Africa, and will represent the region in
the Africa Under-17 Championships in Tanzania.
They will hope to
use that opportunity to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World
Cup in Peru in what will be their fourth appearance at the
continental showpiece event.